CATEGORIES Movie NewsWhat do you get when you clone the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplin in the 21st century?
Who else but Sacha Baron Cohen? Especially when you take a gander at his latest comedy, 'The Dictator,' which has been described as "the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed." Sounds like the Marx Bros. And, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen is said to play dual roles of a goat herder and a deposed foreign ruler who gets lost in the U.S. Sounds like Chaplin to us. ('The Great Dictator' meets 'Duck Soup.')
Announced last year, the project is now adding meat to its bones. Larry Charles, who directed 'Borat,' will helm this outing, and Jason Mantzoukas of 'The League' is in negotiations to play Cohen's sidekick, a fellow from the Middle East. A bevy of actresses are vying for the female lead, among them Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris and Gillian Jacobs, who have already had readings for the part.
The film will begin production this May in locations in New York and Morocco.